Monday, August 09, 2010

Bomb, baby, bomb

August 6th and 9th are the 65th anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that ended World War II in 1945. Today I give thanks that hundreds of thousands of Americans and millions of Japanese did not die in an American invasion of Japan.

Among the Americans who were spared from being cut down on the shores of the Japanese home islands was my maternal grandfather; he landed in Normandy on D-Day with the American Army, and probably would have been sent to the Pacific theater by 1946 had Japan not surrendered. My mother and five of her siblings, who were all born after he returned from the war, just might owe their very lives to the atomic bombs. I, for one, will never apologize for them.


Cathy said...

Stay strong, Jody.

You do your grandfather very, very proud.

Keith Wilson said...

So well stated.
The reason the USA dropped the two bombs was to SAVE LIVES, both American servicemen as well as Japanese.

The USA did not invade Japan in an unwarranted attack, they did.
The bombs were dropped to put an end to the horrible carnage in the Pacific theatre, and it worked.

Did we bomb Germany to hurt people and destroy their lives? No, we went to bombing missions to put the Nazi regime out of power and STOP the killing.